One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
adverb & adjectiveLaw
By or denoting decision of an appellate court in unanimous agreement, written anonymously.as adverb ‘an analysis as to whether the case should be decided per curiam’
- ‘While law geeks everywhere were focused on the nomination today, it is worth noting that the Supreme Court issued two per curiam summary reversals this morning.’
- ‘The Supreme Court issued its per curiam opinion requesting further information on what basis the Florida Supreme Court obtained its seemingly absurd opinion.’
- ‘The Supreme Court issued a very short per curiam opinion saying without analysis that this was impermissible.’
- ‘Tradition holds that the court's per curiam opinion in such ties is usually very, very terse, often consisting of no more than a single sentence: ‘The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided court.’’
- ‘The court of appeals affirmed per curiam a dismissal by the district court for want of subject matter jurisdiction.’
A decision taken per curiam.‘in only a few cases did the panel publish a per curiam’
Latin, literally ‘by a court’.
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